DESTINATION: BULACAN–BULAKENOS MORE THAN READY FOR I.T.

Bulacan’s attractive available talent pool, perhaps even more than its strength in infrastructure, is the probably best reason to seriously consider setting up operations in this prime location.

Bulacan is also very accessible to graduates and workers living in two of the major BPO locations in the Philippines: Metro Manila and Central Luzon, specifically Pampanga.

Bulacan leads in providing college graduates
Backed by 59 reputable universities and colleges in the province like Centro Escolar University, La Consolacion University of the Philippines, Bulacan State University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines and other colleges, Bulacan is assured of a growing supply of talents for the BPO industry.

Bulacan’s large resident population also has access to high-quality education in Metro Manila. As a result, the province boasts of its large pool of highly literate, technically skilled and trainable manpower resources.

Bulacan’s leads with higher education institutions in Central Luzon
Based on 2010 statistics provided by the Commission on Higher Education on August 16, 2011, Bulacan has 59 accredited higher education institutions. This places the province in Number 5 among 80 provinces and Number 1 in Central Luzon region.

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) by Province
Ranking Province Number of HEIs
1 Cebu 104
2 Laguna 73
3 Zamboanga del Sur 67
4 Cavite 63
5 Bulacan 59
6 Iloilo 55
7 Camarines Sur 53
8 Batangas 50
9 Rizal 47
10 Quezon 47

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Central Luzon
Ranking Province Number of HEIs
1 Bulacan 59
2 Pampanga 42
3 Nueva Ecija 41
4 Zambales 33
5 Tarlac 25
6 Bataan 22
7 Aurora 5
Source: Commission on Higher Education, August 16, 2011

Bulacan tops other Next Wave Cities in absorptive capacity
Theoretically, "absorptive capacity" refers to the maximum level of employment that a location can support with its graduate and labor pools at a given point in time.

The chart that follows shows that the talent pools in all top-10 Next Wave CitiesTM (NWCs) of 2008-2009 are under-utilized, with Bulacan at the top. That means that all these NWCs can potentially support much larger industry operations.

Only 200 IT-BPO Full Time Employees (FTEs) in Bulacan; capacity of 300,000
The IT-BPO sector in Bulacan East and West has a combined capacity to employ 300,000 full-time employees (FTEs) based on their large educated population and labor pools in and around the target localities. Possibilities abound as there were less than 200 FTEs working in the industry as of first quarter of 2009, or only 0.06% of capacity.

The IT-BPO sector in Bulacan East and West has a combined capacity to employ 300,000 full-time employees (FTEs) based on their large educated population and labor pools in and around the target localities. Possibilities abound as there were less than 200 FTEs working in the industry as of first quarter of 2009, or only 0.06% of capacity.